Madeira-Braised Ham Recipe
Flavors of Great Britain
Total time: 1hr to 2hr
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes per lb. (450 g)
Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note
This is an excellent dish for Sunday lunch. Serve with steamed potatoes.
- A nice braising Ham or Country Ham
- 2 onions
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 carrots
- 250 ml (1 cup) Madeira
- 1 rounded tbsp. sugar
- Butter
- Thyme, bay leaves
  1. Rub the ham with a mixture of bay leaves and thyme;
  2. chop the vegetables; sauté them gently in butter with the sugar, a little thyme and a bay leaf; when the onions are translucent, add 125 ml (1/2 cup) Madeira and let it evaporate almost completely;
  3. place the ham in a roasting pan; cover with the vegetable mixture; drizzle with melted butter; cover and cook in a preheated 200° C (400° F) oven for 20-25 minutes per pound (45 min/kg).
  4. remove the ham from the oven and transfer to a serving platter; reserve the vegetables;
  5. degrease the cooking juices and pour them into a small saucepan; you should have about 250 ml (1 cup); if not, add some water or stock; add 125 ml (1/2 cup) Madeira; let reduce slightly; liquefy with the vegetables in a blender and pour over the ham.
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